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New immersive theatre production brings murder, music and moonshine to Royal William Yard

Posted on: 20 Mar 2023

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Alex Ryley
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An all new theatre production is coming to Plymouth’s Royal William Yard this May and June, and it promises to be an experience like no other. The Many Deaths of Michael Malloy is an exciting immersive musical set in a New York speakeasy during prohibition, taking place within the former victualling yard’s historic Melville building. Guests will be ushered into the Blind Pig – a 1930s prohibition-era bar – where live music plays and illicit cocktails flow.

A first for the city, the production is billed as an immersive comedy musical, and it is written by local Plymouth playwright Richard Johnson. Original songs have been created by Rolfe Kent, a renowned award-winning composer and producer. Nominated for Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe awards, he has created music for countless Hollywood blockbusters including Sideways and Legally Blonde, and composed the title music for the TV series Dexter.

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The Many Deaths of Michael Malloy tells the story of Iron Mike, who was famously dubbed 'the man who wouldn't die.' Back in 1933, three friends cooked up a life insurance scam, hoping that Mike would die and they'd all get rich. No matter what they did, their efforts were thwarted and hopes of an easy payday dwindled. The show explores what happens when the friends find their morals pushed to the limit, and uncovers the fate of the man standing in the way of their future.

Richard Johnson, writer of The Many Deaths of Michael Malloy, says: “This immersive approach to storytelling places the audience right in the midst of the action with the cast, so they can smell the whisky-soaked floorboards and feel part of the story unfolding around them. A live band and prohibition cocktail bar creates an authentic mood and tops off the experience.”

Emily Jones, Commercial Director of Urban Splash, adds: “The dramatic listed buildings of Royal William Yard couldn’t be a better backdrop for this production; it’s the perfect atmospheric setting for an exciting and unique new show. A place steeped in history, this will be an experience like no other - a night at the Blind Pig isn’t to be missed.”

The show runs from May 4th – June 30th, Thursday to Sunday at 7pm with a matinee on Saturdays at 3pm. Guests are invited to come as they are or enter into the spirit and dress accordingly. Tickets are available now from michaelmalloy.co.uk

Make an evening of it and stop for a sundowner or pre-theatre meal at Royal William Yard. The much-loved destination offers a wide variety of bustling restaurants and bars in an unrivalled setting, surrounded by water on three sides.